Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture

  • ID: 224994
  • Book
  • 94 pages
  • Smithers Information Ltd
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Polymers have been used in agriculture and horticulture since the middle of the last century. There is a tremendous potential for using polymers in agriculture and our fields and garden would look very different if we did not use polymers in them.

This review traces the history of polymer use, discusses the markets for polymers in these applications, and describes in detail the different types of polymers that can be used and their specific applications.

The review is accompanied by around 300 abstracts from papers and books in the Rapra Polymer Library database, to facilitate further reading on this subject. A subject index and a company index are included.
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1. Introduction

2. The Market

3. Materials

4. Crop Protection

4.1 Greenhouses/Large Tunnel

4.2 Low Tunnels

4.3 Direct Covers

4.4 Windbreaks

4.5 Shading

4.6 Protection Against Pests

5. Soil Conditioning

5.1 Mulching

5.2 Soil Improvement

6. Water Management

6.1 Collection, Storage and Transport of Water

6.2 Irrigation

6.3 Water Holding

6.4 Drainage

7. Harvesting and Crop Storage

8. Buildings

9. Machinery and Equipment

10. Containers and Packaging

11. Miscellaneous Applications

11.1 Identification Tags

11.2 Clothing and Footwear

11.3 Controlled Release of Fertilisers, etc

11.4 Garden Ponds

11.5 Greenhouse Sundries

11.6 Labels

11.7 Seed Coatings

11.8 Soil Less Cultivation

11.9Ties and Grafting Bands

11.10 Twine

11.11 Others

12. Standards and Testing
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